Creative Gardening: How to Make a Vertical Pallet Garden

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This is a creative & rather genius way to garden w/ vertical pallets. It's easy to do, fun, & beautiful in your yard #DIY #Gardening #ad #ForWhatMattersMost

Brace yourselves, for a ton of photos and a ton of excitement, because I love strawberry gardening!

Gardening is more Cassidy’s forte, as you probably know. Sometimes, he works hard at it, and sometimes he skips a year. No matter if it’s an on or off year, our strawberry plants still bloom every year – so ripe and red, organic and juicy, and sweet.

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Last year was an off year, and the original 150+ strawberry plants bloomed, but they had grown out of control, and we didn’t stay on top of picking them all in a timely way. We both had work, and the kids had camp. We traveled and went on road trips. It’s mostly my favorite part of the day – to go outside with a bowl or basket – and pick way more strawberries than we can ever eat. The overflow goes into fun recipes, or we gift whole pints or gallons to loved ones. It’s awesome – being this Strawberry Fairy. We decided this year is an ON year, and found a way to upgrade our overflowing plants.

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In 2013, we planted the 150 plants in boxes. It was an effective method, but not yet time-tested. The wood wasn’t pressure-treated (more on that later) and was starting to rot in the last year. The soil level was going down and we’d get critters – like moles, bugs, and slugs – coming up into the plants. The strawberries would rot before we could pick them.

As you can see from this below photo from when they were new, it was effective for a few years!

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This new method blows it out of the water! It is an easy-to-follow process, and you definitely get into a rhythm with the work, so you’ll want to be prepared to take on this sort of activity. Now that spring is really here, I find that activities and tasks are harder on our bodies. We’ve been out of practice! Not only that, this is WORK. It’s fun, rewarding, meditative, connective, and inspiring work – but you’ll want to figure out how to make it even better for you. For me, it’s a no-brainer.

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Perfect, right? I love how it inspires me to do even MORE gardening!

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Now here’s how to make your own vertical pallet garden! We used ours for strawberries, but you could do other plants too:

What You Need:

  • Pallets – we used ones that are 48″ high by 45″ wide. We asked for the bottom slats to be left off so they have 12″ of “post” which can go into the ground. If you are using reclaimed or “found” pallets, make sure they are not pressure treated. You can saw off the bottom slats or just leave them as is but put them on two-by-fours to have them sit stable on the ground. In those cases, you can skip the digging step (stay tuned for that here). How many pallets you use is up to you.

  • Weed barrier cloth – use any kind that allows water to pass through it. You need that so water passes from upper levels to lower levels. Cloth width must be as wide as your pallets – so we used 4′.

  • Stapler gun and staples

  • A level

  • Zip ties (24″+)

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What You Do:

1 – Cut fabric to length. Since these pallets are not pressure treated, they will eventually rot, but they will rot first where they meet the ground. To prolong their life, wrap the bottom row completely in weed cloth. The weed cloth for the bottom row is 32″. The other levels are all 16″.

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2 – Staple fabric to pallet along length of pallet slat. On each end, tuck the fabric in and staple to not leave any holes where water or soil could drain out. Once you get into the rhythm, they get easier to do.

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3 – Level the ground as best as you can. Lay out the pallet(s) and mark where you need holes. Dig 1′ holes. A pole digger helps.

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4 – Drop the pallets into holes and use level at top. Adjust as necessary. When you have it right, fill dirt in the holes and pack it down hard with your foot. If you are doing multiple pallets in a row, zip-tying them together once they are level provides excellent stability.

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5 – Fill all the levels with compost/potting soil and plant away! Water heavily after planting to establish.

*Tip: Because the weak point of non-pressure-treated wood will be where it meets the ground, once these are in you can (carefully) scorch the earth right at the contact point with wood. This may buy you several (or more) extra years.

This is a creative & rather genius way to garden w/ vertical pallets. It's easy to do, fun, & beautiful in your yard #DIY #Gardening #ad #ForWhatMattersMost

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And then, ENJOY!

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Now tell me – what would YOU plant in your vertical pallet garden? What projects do you tackle on the weekend?

Lastly, Happy Gardening!

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This is a creative & rather genius way to garden w/ vertical pallets. It's easy to do, fun, & beautiful in your yard #DIY #Gardening #ad #ForWhatMattersMost

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DIY Garden Racetrack For Toy Cars.

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No would could ever say we don’t love garden creations. I’ve seen Cassidy and Scarlet whip up fairy gardens, tulip patches, and garden castles – as if it’s nothing. Some people are just born to work and play outside. As much as possible.

It’s given us such great joy – these acres of New England garden, lawn and winding driveway. I love that I live with a creative husband, and that we’re raising our kids to breathe in the fresh air often. I love watching my kids imagine, dream, and plan. Every year we do at least something of a fruit/vegetable garden, and we plants trees, flowers and herbs. Cassidy and Scarlet also build up a new fairy garden every spring, after dismantling the previous year’s one and salvaging the items that made it through the long winter. Now that Des is three, I decided I wanted to build him a garden racetrack for his toy cars & trucks.

I had looked on Google for ideas, but had found mostly cardboard projects that wouldn’t survive our rain and snow, as well as complicated racetracks that could take weeks to build. We needed a family project! We needed to work together for this:

Build your own DIY Garden Racetrack for toy cars!

Step 1 – Go to a hardware store and get what you’ll need! We have a lot of garden tools as is, as well as toy cars and decorations (which would not be at a hardware store, probably) but we picked out the bricks of our choosing.

Step 2 – Find level ground in your yard, if possible. This will make the job easier! Rake, if needed.

Step 3 – Arrange the bricks how you will want the racetrack to look.

Step 4 – Use a trowel to trace and mark the exact path you want your racetrack to take. Then remove the bricks.

Step 5 – Use that same trowel to dig up the earth where you want the bricks to lie. You could just put them on top of the grass and it would still be a functioning racetrack, but Cassidy did this awesome job instead.

Step 6 – Place the bricks in the freshly dug-up earth and build your track!

Step 7 – Find forest fix-ins. The sky is the limit here. We had decorative tree rounds so Cassidy did the same tracing/carving job with the trowel so that the tree round would be sunken into the earth like the track.

Step 8 – The kids also found a “tree” as well as pine cones for mini trees, and rocks.

Step 9 – Time to paint the track to look like a road! You can make stencils to use as spray paint templates. You can Google how to do that easily. You can make special stencils for the corner lines of the paint on the track.

Step 10 – Decorate with toys! The sky is the limit. Cassidy thought a “finish line” would be cool. The kids brought out cars and trucks, buses and VW bugs, and… plastic Easter eggs. Like I said, let them go nuts.

Now it’s shout-out time!

And seriously, what makes this all possible? It’s not just the getting inspired, but having the stamina to see the project through. For me, it’s the new fast acting Advil Film Coated. I simply can’t imagine life without it. From aches and pains to stress/sinus headaches, especially during this time of year, it’s the end-all for me. Or I should say, it’s the begin-all. Advil is the difference between staying home inside, or having a great time outside all the spring-long day! It is FAST ACTING!

You can use fast acting Advil Film-coated for headaches, muscle aches, toothaches, menstrual cramps, back pain, and aches and pains associated with the common cold. And I have my first common cold of the year right now! It makes projects harder. The rapid release formula goes to work in minutes. This Advil is formulated with a unique Advil Ion Core Technology and an ultra thin shell to absorb quickly – in fact nothing is proven to work faster*. Fast acting Advil Film-Coated leverages the rapid absorption properties of ibuprofen sodium, now available for the first time in the US.**

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What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever made for your garden? Does Advil power you through some days?

*Among OTC pain relievers.
**Among OTC pain relievers.